a Wearable Assistive Listening Device
What is Wear?
Wear was developed to provide a low-cost assistive listening device (ALD) for individuals who suffer from hearing loss. Wear is not a replacement for a hearing aid. Wear is designed to be used when a hearing impaired individual is interested in having a quality conversation in very noisy environments like family gatherings, restaurants or meetings.
Wear has been engineered and designed to improve the quality of one on one conversations, while aiding in reducing extraneous noise. Similar to listening to your ipod, users connect their personal headphones into the device that is worn around the neck. The microphone creates a directional sound lobe 5-6 feet in front of the user. The Wear amplifies sound directly in the circular zone in front of the user, while reducing noise outside of the zone. Wear is also effective in improving hearing when used with bone conduction headsets to help those with ear drum related hearing loss.
Wear can also be used as a high quality commentator’s microphone, for interviews or for general recording.
Wear was born from collaboration with EMMY Award winning Systems Engineer, Perception Specialist, NYU Professor/Scientist in Residence Eric Rosenthal and Michelle Temple, disability specialist and adjunct professor at NYU ITP. Their goal is to develop high-tech devices that amplify sensory and other abilities for purposes of improved life quality or safety for people with or without disabilities.
Wear is significantly lower in price compared to hearing aids, and operates using a rechargeable battery, eliminating the need to replace batteries. The battery recharges in a few hours. Once charged the Wear may be operated continuously for more than one day. Wear shuts off when the headphone jack is removed to extend battery time. Because Wear is worn outside the ear, it keeps feedback to a minimum. Wear is 2” in diameter x 1/4” thick and weighs 1 oz (28 grams) including the battery.